Denmark, the smallest of the Nordic countries, is the gateway to Scandinavia. Surrounded by sea, the nation boasts amazing beaches and a rolling landscape of open fields and lush forests, accessible to all. Denmark cities are of manageable size and offer superb shopping, cool design, bountiful natural produce, delectable cuisine and world class experiences and attractions. You'll have all the ingredients needed for an enjoyable holiday, no matter which season you are travelling.
Regions of Denmark:
It was Archbishop Absalon who in 1167 founded Kiopmanhafn, the trader”s port which we now know as Copenhagen. And his choice of location was far more visionary than he could have known at the time: with the fixed link to Sweden, Copenhagen today is the main catalyst in the Ã˜resund region and the hub of the Nordic region for international traffic, development, teaching and business.
With its rich history full of historical buildings and ancient streets, its outstanding museums and galleries, the uniquely enchanting Tivoli Gardens and a resident monarchy that is the oldest in the world, the Danish capital has a host of attractions to suit all tastes.
But this is no living museum. Copenhagen is a vibrant, modern city whose fascinating past coexists with the very latest trends in architecture, design and fashion. This is, after all, one of the world's great design capitals, a status that is reflected in its dynamic new buildings and stunning shops.
The many castles and forests are what make North Sealand so distinctive. Not surprisingly, this area north of Copenhagen has always been the favoured retreat of Denmark”s monarchs.
The 60km-long Kattegat coast from Hundested to HelsingÃ¸r (Elsinore) not only has some of Sealand”s best bathing beaches, but also boasts a rolling landscape of steep hills, hardy plantations and fascinating shoreside forest.
Destination Roskilde is situated in one of the most scenic areas of natural beauty in Denmark - in the middle of Zealand and yet close to Copenhagen. Roskilde is thus a natural base for an adventurous holiday, for meetings, courses and conferences.
Roskilde is one of Denmark's oldest cities.
More than 1000 years ago the Vikings established a trading post that developed into a major town. In the medieval period, Roskilde was one of the most important cities of northern Europe, the seat of the Danish crown and an episcopal residence.
Today, the city is rich in historical and cultural sights and attractions. In the beautiful red-brick Cathedral the kings and queens of Denmark lie buried.
Roskilde Fjord can be experienced on board a Viking ship or one of the modern vessels used for cruises. It is impressive to sail between islands and islets, and past forest-clad slopes with a view of the rich bird life.
The harbour hums with activity, and here, too, lies the former gasworks, which is now an art gallery and a workshop for art craftworkers.
In the city centre there is a pedestrian precinct as well as a market square with plenty of commercial life. Culture flourishes all year round and the city has a rich musical life - everything from concerts on the cathedral organ from 1554 to the Roskilde Festival.
The lovely scenery round Roskilde features a whole range of historical sights as well as a landscape that is perfect for pleasant cycling trips and walks.
The city has plenty of good accommodation. The ancient city of Roskilde is the ideal base for excursions - by car or by train - to the attractions to be found on Zealand and in Copenhagen.
South Sealand, Lolland, Falster-
This region of Denmark is one of the most beautiful and peaceful in the world”s oldest kingdom:
MÃ¸ns Klint with its white cliffs is thought by many to be Denmark”s greatest natural attraction. In addition there are the many wonderful castles and manor houses - the island of Lolland for example has Ã…lholm Castle (Denmark”s largest car museum) and Knuthenborg (Northern Europe”s largest wildlife park).
First-class bathing beaches are found everywhere: Ulvshale on the island of MÃ¸n, Marielyst on the island of Falster and the whole of the Lolland-island Baltic coast.
When it comes to scenery, this region boasts some of the finest and most impressive scenery in the whole of Denmark. Odsherred and Isefjorden with their small fjords, tranquil harbours, lakes and islets - to name but a couple. Bathing beaches of the highest quality are found everywhere in this region: the Great Belt coast, SejerÃ¸ Bay and all the small and unspoilt beauty spots up and down the coasts.
Bornholm is Denmark”s furthest outpost to the East, so when the sun rises over the Kingdom, its first rays shine on the 45,000 islanders out in the middle of the Baltic. God was generous when he created this slanting square of rocky island. Sheltered by South Sweden, with more hours of sunlight than the rest of Denmark and a climate so mild that many gardens grow figs, apricots, mulberry and walnut along with numerous wild plants and flowers only found here.
Bornholm is an attraction in itself. But the island also has a wealth of attractions with different themes - something for every taste in fact, including yours.
Tourism is a Bornholm tradition that dates back more than a century, so the people of Bornholm know just how important it is for everyone to "take something home with them" - be it new knowledge, insight, ambience, delight or happy memories - from visiting some of the island's countless attractions.
The Funen countryside and its towns and villages paint a harmonious picture. The many living fences unite forests and fields in a picturesque pattern, and small village idylls with their ponds, thatched, half-timbered houses, hollyhocks and old orchards are still everyday sights. The landscape of Funen also has a treasure trove of well-preserved relics from the past.
And then of course there are the many fine manor houses! In no other place in Denmark is there such a profusion of manor houses as in Funen, Langeland and Ã†rÃ¸.
The land of a hundred manors
The countryside of Fyn is a treasure trove of well-maintained relics of the past. Nowhere else in Denmark offers the same density of manor houses as Fyn, Langeland and Ã†rÃ¸. In all there are 123 manors and castles, and their extensive fields, woods, avenues and stone walls are a defining feature of the landscape.
Grounds & Gardens
The gardens and grounds on Fyn cover a wide range of styles and periods. There is everything from Japanese-inspired gardens through concept gardens with innumerable beds and plants, to the grand Baroque or Renaissance gardens of the castles and manors.
On The Water
The seafaring history of Fyn stretches far back in time, as is evident from a visit to the harbours. For many adventurers, a Fyn harbour has been the point of departure for an extraordinary journey as well as the occasion of homesickness.
This region is famous not only for its fabulously rich scenery and the extra hours of sunshine it gets compared with the rest of the country, but also for its unique, varied natural phenomenon, of the three seas that meet here to bring their own distinctive appeal to this region of Denmark. This region has the wild and foaming North Sea with its mile-long sandy beaches and vast dune landscapes; the milder and far more tranquil Kattegat to the east, and the wonderful, glittering Limfjord to the south with its wealth of idyllic coves and sounds with large and small islands, sheer cliffs and green forests.
It is not by coincidence that hundred thousands of Danes, Norwegians, Swedes and Germans pick North Denmark as their holiday destination each year.
They know that this particular part of Denmark offers plenty of time to enjoy the open landscape and get sand between their toes. And that it has everything it takes to spend time together and enjoy life.
Here you also have the time to see and do a wealth of things - from Skagen in the north to Hobro in the south, from Hanstholm in the west to SÃ¦by in the east. Time to experience the natural beauty and to dig into the culture and history - and there are plenty of things going on throughout the year. Music festivals, carnivals, cattle shows, markets, town festivals, exhibitions and sports events.
Enjoy your stay in North Denmark.
More than any other Danish region, West Jutland is shaped by its geographical surroundings: the vast North Sea, the changing currents of Limfjorden, the extensive Central Jutland heaths and the flat marsh to the south-west.
Whether your dream holiday consists of bathing on the endless, white sandy beaches, surfing, windsurfing or kite-flying, angling, riding, golfing and walking in the dunes and plantations, culture, fine art and history appreciation - or just a stroll through one of West Jutland”s many friendly provincial towns, then it”s all here waiting for you!
East Jutland”s main city, Ã…rhus and the busy city centre, is but a short distance away from the wonderful forests and beaches north and south of the city are .
In different parts of the rolling, fertile fjord-country of East Jutland we find a varied, wooded hinterland stretching to Ã…rhus, with well-tended landscapes and a wealth of picturesque provincial towns, each of which has evolved its own distinctive identity. Everywhere you go you find zest for life and a dynamic business community and cultural life, which in a combination of the old and the new is thriving in modern Northern Europe.
South-East and South Jutland-
In South-East and South Jutland we find a fascinating area of Denmark with its marshland, canals and locks on one side and the rolling hills with their forests and smiling fjords on the other.
This region”s special location has meant that the national border has frequently been moved North then South over time. These shifting conditions have made the local population receptive to new customs and new people, and this is felt today in its warm, and open-minded hospitality.